This photo gallery includes graphs depicting the share of school suspensions by race, compared with enrollment in the nation's ten largest school districts.
News and Events: March 2013
This photo gallery depicts scenes from one high school’s efforts to implement a restorative justice program.
In one tough high school in Oakland, California, a restorative justice program has cut suspensions in half in just a year.
A Mississippi school district under scrutiny for excessive punishment of black students has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to enact new disciplinary policies, train school police officers in "bias-free" policing and stop involving officers in minor campus behavioral disputes.
Students, parents and teachers at close to fifty Chicago public schools find out today that their schools will likely be closed this summer. Leaders in the nation's third largest school system say they need to close and consolidate underutilized schools to save money.
As we strive nationally to make communities safer, Aurora, Ill. has made some headway, and education is a key component.
Improving the design of schools with an eye on safety is one of the main recommendations from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, put together by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. In an interim report released today, the group of teachers, safety experts, state and city officials said its work is not done, but it wanted to publish something in time for the current session of the state legislature.
The fight to end the school-to-jail track and reestablish restorative justice practices is personal for Jasmine Jauregui, a youth organizer from the Youth Justice Coalition. “I have a family with a history of incarceration. My father is serving a life sentence at the moment and I don’t feel comfortable around [school resource] officers.”
In February and March 2013, the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) – a coalition comprising more than 300 national, state and local organizations working together to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve community safety -- released Promoting Safe Communities, recommendations to the Obama administration and to Congress urging them to restore a more effective system of juvenile justice for youth by focusing on five priority areas.
School climate is hard to quantify but very palpable when you are in the same place every day. It is such an integral part of the daily experience and is largely determined by the leadership, your colleagues and a host of other influences, but it is primarily about feeling appreciated for what you do -- and it begins with you.
The Education Department has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle public schools.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson says schools across the state are putting kids in the court system far too early.
The Obama administration wants stiffer gun control, and $150 million to help schools hire up to 1,000 more on-campus police or counselors, or purchase security technology. State legislators are considering shifting millions of dollars around to help schools hire more police.
On Monday, March 4th, youth of color from across the country held a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol followed by a march to the White House to call on Congress and the Obama administration to reject school safety policies that criminalize students of color, immigrant youth, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities, and push them out of school.
The New York City Police Department has embarked on a novel approach to deter juvenile robbers, essentially staging interventions and force-feeding outreach in an effort to stem a tide of robberies by dissuading those most likely to commit them.